While much of the MMA world is enamored by former Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker’s transition into the sport, there are a few fighters who would love a shot at the 48-year-old former NFL running back.
Enter Keith “KO Kid” Berry. A WEC and King of the Cage veteran, who is facing former Affliction fighter Brett Cooper this weekend in California, hopes that Strikeforce is listening because he’s got a very simple message
He wants to fight Herschel Walker.
“I’d love to fight Herschel Walker, but they’d probably never give me that fight because they only want to give him the wins,” Berry told MMAWeekly.com.
Walker returns on Dec. 4 at Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu 2 against Scott Carson in St. Louis, and there has been some criticism of the promotion’s choice of opponents for the 1-0 football player turned fighter.
Berry believes it’s Strikeforce’s desire to build Walker up and not give him a real challenge, which he’s disappointed about when looking at how competition works in MMA.
“I think sometimes Strikeforce they build up these guys like Herschel Walker, like the last fight I saw him in, he fought a guy that was 1-1 and he just looked bad,” Berry said about Walker. “I just thought he looked really bad, and his hands were so stiff and I just thought if I gave him one good overhand right, he would just go down.”
Currently riding a three fight win streak of his own, Berry would be happy to test Walker if both fighters are successful in their upcoming campaigns. Berry wants to derail the Herschel Walker hype train, once and for all.
“Guys like that have a little bit of hype on them and I don’t think he’s a real MMA fighter. He trains at AKA with some good guys, that’s cool, but I don’t think he’s anything special,” Berry commented. “I saw his fight and it was embarrassing. A regular guy, a journeyman could smash him. That’s just my opinion.”
Before Berry gets any sort of shot at Walker down the road, he’ll first deal with Brett Cooper this weekend in California, a test he’s not looking past.
Berry also points out that if he’s successful against Cooper, he may try to get Strikeforce to bite on the Walker fight or maybe make another run at the UFC’s “Ultimate Fighter” reality show.
“Brett Cooper’s no joke either,” said Berry. “He’s fought a lot of tough fights, and he’s been around. He’s a good fighter. I’m looking to take him out and then move on to bigger, better things.
“I got an offer from Strikeforce for some things, but it was just too short notice. Hopefully after this I’ll get another offer from them. I tried out for ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ and that was a little bit political, but I might try out for that again.”
Whatever the future holds, Berry isn’t afraid to let his opinion be known. He’s ready to put his fists to work to back-up any talk from his mouth. Keith Berry faces Brett Cooper this weekend in middleweight action in California.